NRL 2022: NZ Warriors captain Tohu Harris plays down impact of return from injury against South Sydney Rabbitohs

NZ Warriors captain Tohu Harris has played down his long-awaited return, after being named in the run-on side to tackle South Sydney Rabbitohs at Brisbane on Saturday.

The skipper hasn't played since suffering a serious knee injury in Round 18 last year, but will join Jack Murchie and Aaron Pene among the forwards, after late withdrawals from Euan Aitken and Wayde Egan.

Harris has tempered any expectations he alone can spark a Warriors turnaround, as the Auckland-based club look to bounce back from last week's embarrrassing loss to undermanned Cronulla.

"Not one person can fix all the issues," he said. "Everyone has been focusing this week on doing their own role and getting that right. 

"It doesn’t matter who you bring in, that person has got to take care of their own role.

"That’s been the talk this week, there’s not going to be any miracles. I’m going to come in and do my role the best I can, and hopefully, that makes it easier for the guys to do theirs, but I can’t do their job and they can’t do mine.

"We've each got to do our own part."

Despite their loss to the Sharks, the Warriors climbed a spot to 10th on the NRL ladder and sit two points behind eighth-placed Brisbane Broncos. 

The Rabbitohs are ninth in the standings and will also look to bounce back from their heavy defeat to the Broncos last week.

Harris admits the past year has been extremely tough, but doesn't put too many expectations on himself against Souths, with wet weather predicted.

"The game might be a bit slower and people are moving at more of my pace," he said. "I'm just going to go out and see how I feel for as long as I am able to do my job.

"The nerves aren't too bad at the moment, just feeling excited, but leading up to the game, the nerves are going to get strong. 

"I haven't thought about how long or any specific goals. I'm just going to go out there and see how the lungs feel. 

"It's been quite tough. Rehab is not a nice place to be, so the excitement to be back on the field and amongst the team is up there.

"How people get through that, I'll never know. I certainly struggled."

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